The official Carleton exam survival guide

Exam are around the corner, and we all feel the struggle. That’s why we created this super helpful exam survival guide.

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Clean your whole house. Re arrange your room. Don’t forget to get under your stove top burner!

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Read inspirational quotes instead of lecture slides.

Change your thoughts and you change your world.
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!
You get the idea. #StayMotiviated
Shopping? Christmas is around the corner.

Netflix.

No time like the present to start binge watching Grey’s Anatomy! Or maybe rewatch Friends?

Might as well take up a baking hobby while you’re at it.

Brownie bites > Exam bites.

Have you heard of podcasts?

And there’s no such thing as a bad time for hours of Snapchat filter testing!

Naps on naps on naps.

Check an app on your phone, then check it on your laptop. And again on your phone.

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Roommate dance off?

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Have you even beat the new COD yet?

Burn all your notes.

They’re not really going to help you out anyway.

In all seriousness, we hope you all crush it this month! Eat healthy, get some sleep and study hard Ravens!

The CU Food Checklist

Carleton University has so many options when it comes to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s almost overwhelming, but don’t stress! We’ve got your guide to the best food Carleton has to offer.

10. 1am Pizza Pizza

Late night Pizza Pizza at Oasis is a staple at Carleton, especially if you live in residence. We all know Pizza Pizza isn’t the best, but when it’s 1:15am and you’re about to get in your uber home from Thirsty Thursday nothing really compares to a cheesy slice of warm pizza.

9. Smokes

If you’re not a pizza person that’s okay! Although MacDaddy’s is gone, Oasis has still blessed our lives with Smoke’s poutinerie.

8. Henry’s Sushi

New. Delicious. And easily accessible in the UC convenience store!

7. The Oliver’s John Belushi

Fun fact: Oliver’s Pub and Patio has business hours outside of Thirsty Thursday & if you wake up early enough they’ll make it worth your while with the one of a kind John Belushi. You can’t go wrong with homefries topped with eggs, cheese and mounds of hollandaise sauce.

6. The Rooster’s Bagelwich

If you haven’t had a bagelwich from Rooster’s before, you have not lived. That’s all.

5. Samosas at Mike’s Place

All amazing. Chicken is the best. Don’t forget to take advantage of the tamarind sauce.

4. Spring Roll’s Spring Rolls

Nothing says comfort food quite like $1 spring rolls at Spring Roll in the food court.

3. The Oliver’s Buffalo Chicken Wrap

With fries, or salad, or sweet potato fries on the side. It’s amazing regardless.

2. Rooster Grilled Cheese

Only $2.50!!!

1. Omelettes by Sharon

Sharon. The Queen of the frying pan. Our saviour. Forever the best food option on campus. Whether or not you’ve lived in residence and made your way to the cafeteria, you’ve definitely heard about Sharon and her skill with pan in hand.

 

 

 

This year CUSA wants to pay your tuition

At CUSA, we’re students too, so we know how expensive university can be. Not only is tuition in Ontario the most expensive in the country, but students also have to worry about rent, groceries, utilities, transit…the list goes on.

That’s why CUSA wants to help out one lucky student with their tuition. This year our #TuitionByCUSA contest will reward a student for supporting their student-run businesses by paying $2000 towards their tuition (or to a charity of your choice if you’re graduating). We’re looking for someone who loves their CUSA businesses and has a killer insta game.

Here’s how the contest works: Take a picture of you and your friends in a CUSA business. It could be getting cozy in an armchair in Rooster’s, browsing some book titles in Haven, picking up a quick bite in Henry’s, or dancing the night away at Oliver’s on Thirsty Thursday. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #TuitionByCUSA when you post your photo on Instagram to be entered into the contest.

Be creative! We’re looking for funny, weird, quirky and inventive.

And remember, the winning photo wins $2000!

Get snapping. We’ll be checking out your photos all year.

13 ways you can tell you definitely go to Carleton

Everyone has those typical university experiences. Living in residence. Late night cram sessions. Consuming so much coffee you start to get the shakes. But if you’re a Carleton student, you’re also pretty familiar with this other stuff.

1. You never have any idea what floor you’re on in every single building.

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Seriously can we talk about the Tory building? One second you’re in fourth floor UC, the next you’re in second floor Tory. Like what??
 
2. Campus actually gets busier on Thursday nights.

If you haven’t been to Thirsty Thursday, do you even go here?
 
3. Even if you’ve gone here for years, you still get lost in the tunnels sometimes.


And it’s always right before a big test.
 
4. If you miss the bus it’s not even a big deal because you can catch it at athletics.campus4
For real, you don’t even have to run; just do a fast-walk type thing.
 
5. You always see people walking around in slippers (and potentially full pajamas) even in the middle of winter thanks to the tunnels.


For the record, if you do this your prof is definitely not giving you that 5% attendance mark.
 
6. But you also see a ton of well-dressed students because half the student body works on Parliament Hill.


S/o to the first years clearly wearing their dad’s old suit jackets.
 
7. And then there’s the groundhogs.

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If you don’t think they’re cute there’s actually something wrong with you.
 
8. Also, sometimes wild turkeys.



Yeah. That was a thing.
 
9. Everyone spends half of their degree in a Tim Horton’s line.



How is there a line at all five locations at all times.
 
10. You casually visit a World Heritage Site on the way to campus every day.



Not only are the locks super historical, but they look great on your insta.
 
11. There’s so many excellent nap spots all over campus and you’ve used all of them.


Looking at you, River Building benches. Thx for the memories.
 
12. You see homecoming as a warmup for the real party.

PANDA PANDA PANDA PANDA
 
13. And the Panda game is just a preview for when we smash Ottawa U at Capital Hoops.

If you don’t go to Cap Hoops you’re probably a Gee Gee spy.
 

10 reasons why we don’t even need a student union building

1. The campus has like a million charging stations already.
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2. There’s so so so much study space on campus. Like a ton. Enough for every single student.

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3. Nobody actually wants a designated dance studio. No one even likes dancing. Or fun.

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4. The current tabling space in the UC is totally fine. No one is ever overbooked. Or squished.

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5. Clubs & societies already have way too many bookable rooms to choose from on campus and booking rooms is super duper easy all the time.

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6. There’s definitely enough storage space too.

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7. There’s always open spots in the library to hang out.sub9

8. And anyway, it’s not like the building will even be that nice.

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9. Beautiful, modern study nooks? Pfft, who wants that?

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10. A student union building would be super lame.

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This is a real thing that could actually happen. Find out more at the official Facebook page or check out shapingourskyline.com.
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10 financial tips for students

We know how hard it can be to balance your finances as a student. You’ve got to pay rent, tuition, groceries, utilities…and you still want to have a little fun at some point. Right now is probably the most broke you’ll ever be, and we know it can be challenging. As part of our Financial Literacy Month, we’re sharing our best student finance tips with you. They won’t exactly make you rich, but if you follow some of our advice, you might be able to buy a few extra boxes of mac and cheese this month.

1. Take advantage of all the scholarships and bursaries you can.
In Canada, over $15 Million dollars’ worth of scholarships go unclaimed each year and over 50% of scholarships are not merit-based. Plus, scholarships are not just available in September; they’re offered all year long.

2. Try a budget app.
There’s tons of apps you can download to make budgeting easy. Apps like LearnVest, Level, and Mint automatically upload your bank account information and categorize your spending.You can set budgets for each category and the app will let you know when you’re close to going over.

3. Always ask about student discounts.
You’d be surprised at how many there are out there! Even if a store doesn’t have a discount posted, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Also, don’t forget to pick up a College Survival Coupons Card at the CUSA office. For just 20 bucks, it gets you awesome discounts at a bunch of local clubs, restaurants,and more.

4. Buy used textbooks—and sell your old ones.
New textbooks are absurdly expensive and you’re probably only going to use them for a semester, so don’t buy them new if you can avoid it. Buy used books from Haven Books or check out one of the Carleton used textbook groups on Facebook. The Carleton Bookstore also offers used and rentable options for most books, so take advantage of those.

5. Buy generic whenever you can.
Sometimes brand name items are better quality than their generic counterparts, but often the items are exactly the same, but in different packaging. Generic ibuprofen, for example, is exactly the same as Advil and it costs quite a bit less. Don’t be afraid to buy generic for everything from condiments to cheese to deli meat. It won’t make a difference and you’ll see the savings when you hit the checkout.

6. Don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry.
Okay, this is a silly one, but we all know it’s true. When you’re hungry, everything at the grocery store looks delicious. Eat a quick snack before you go so that you don’t end up blowing your budget on eight dozen croissants and six pints of ice cream.

7. Take advantage of free activities in the city.
Save a few bucks by seeking out free fun! From yoga on Parliament Hill, to free Thursday night admission at the National Gallery, Ottawa has plenty of cool community events that cost you nothing.

8. Check out student bank account options.
Most banks offer chequing accounts for students that include lower fees, unlimited transactions or other special perks. You definitely want to ask your bank what they have available for students.

9. Look for a great student job.
We all know the struggle of trying to find a good part-time job that offers plenty of hours, but works around your school schedule. Finding an on campus job is a great option, and there’s plenty available if you know where to look. They’re all posted on CUHire, the Carleton job portal.

10. Use the Carleton Awards Office.
The Awards Office is a great resource for information on Work Study programs, OSAP, out-of-province scholarships and bursaries, and more. It exists to help students, so take advantage of all the services available.

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For more information about managing your finances, make sure to check out all the great Financial Literacy Month events we’ve got going on during November. From scholarship information, to credit counselling, to a seminar on repaying your student loans, there’s something for everyone. Best of all, it’s all FREE. Find out more by checking out the Financial Literacy Month Facebook event.

6 frosh tips every first year needs to hear

Frosh: A time when bewildered students wander around the campus in colour co-ordinated t-shirts, led by over-enthusiastic upper-years. During this classic rite of passage, frightened freshmen are initiated into the Carleton community. Here are some tips to make sure you emerge from this week as fully-developed first years.
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Tip 1: You will get dirty or wet, so dress appropriately. There will be tarps laid down on the hills and your frosh leaders will expect you to slide down them. Don’t be deceived; these slides will be covered in mud within ten minutes. And that soap they’re pouring down them will get in your eyes if you’re not careful. However, tarp-sliding is a great way to stand out from the crowd and catch the eye of that cute girl you haven’t had the guts to say hi to yet.

Tip 2: Step out of your comfort zone. If there is a hypnotist, volunteer to go up on stage. The idea of making a fool of yourself in front of hundreds of your peers may make your heart race, but when it’s done, it will make for a great story. Everyone will be asking you if you really tasted that ice cream the hypnotist told you to imagine, or if you remember singing that opera song. Bask in the glow of frosh glory.

Tip 3: Try something you’ve never done before. When your frosh leader pushes you up to that mechanical bull, resist the urge to flee. It will be fun. Your palms will be exceptionally sweaty and you may slip off after only a couple seconds, but laugh it off. You can now say you’ve ridden a mechanical bull.

Tip 4: Put yourself out there. Everyone knows that the real fun happens at night, when first years congregate in the centre of the residence commons. Try to ask people questions other than the typical “what program are you in,” or “where are you from.” Instead, ask what they like on their pizza, or why they chose to wear that particular bucket hat. These questions may seem odd, but this is the best way to make yourself memorable.

Tip 5: Speaking of remembering things: when putting people’s phone numbers into you phone, add a couple words to help yourself out. You will meet dozens of Jakes and Sarahs, but putting “Jake with the oddly long hair” or “Sarah with the neon green jacket” will save you from some awkward situations in the future when they text you and you can’t remember who they are.

Tip 6: Make friends during frosh. Go to events with your roommates, people on your floor, or that one random guy you met on the way to the caf. Don’t worry, nobody knows anyone else either. It is perfectly acceptable to go up to a group of people and join the conversation. Do it soon, though; a few weeks into school, doing this will earn you some very confused looks.

By following these tips, you will be able to maneuver your way through the wild experience that is frosh. Hold on to your horses (or mechanical bulls) … you’re in for a wild ride!

By Irene Galea

This year we’re answering your questions about your first year at Carleton on CUSA Hub and here on our blog. It’s all part of our #FirstYearQuestions project. Like us on Facebook and check out the campus feed on CUSA Hub to learn more.

International students answer questions about Carleton, Canada, and studying abroad

Being an international student can be tough. You’re moving to a different country with a different culture, likely a different language, and extreme weather. We know how challenging it can be, so we asked some international students on campus to share their experiences and offer any advice they have for incoming students.

This year we’re answering your questions about your first year at Carleton on CUSA Hub and here on our blog. It’s all part of our #FirstYearQuestions project. Like us on Facebook and check out the campus feed on CUSA Hub to learn more.

Can you tell us your name, program, and where you’re from?
International Student - Brenda
Name: Brenda Lachowski
Home country: Tanzania
Program: Environmental Engineering

International Student - Ilse
Name: Ilse Mendoza
Home country: El Salvador
Program: English and Communications

International Student - Ahmed
Name: Ahmed Hozzayen
Home country: Egypt
Program: Economics

International Student - Manuela

Name: Manuela Barcenas
Home country: Colombia
Program: Journalism and Communication

Name: Paul Balcazar (Not pictured)
Home country: Ecuador

What’s living on campus like?

“There’s so many advantages to living on campus. You’re going to make new friends, you’re going to get involved in a lot of activities. It’s just awesome.”
-Brenda

“For me it was really good. I really liked the fact that I was here on campus all the time, so it kind of forced me to learn about everything the campus has to offer. I thought it was really beneficial. I would definitely recommend living on campus in your first year.”
-Ilse

How do you meet people?

“Just get yourself out there. Get involved in everything you can – join clubs, do different activities. That’s the way you’re going to meet your friends.”
-Brenda

“People are so friendly and open minded here that it is possible to meet new friends everywhere. I met many of my good friends in my classes and tutorial groups, or during study groups for exams.”
-Manuela

“I joined the Egyptian Association, and the MSA (Muslim Students’ Association). I play soccer intramurals and I meet new friends there. Even now in my ESL class I have Chinese friends. One time they took me to iftar somewhere and we had Chinese food!”
-Ahmed

“Some of my friends that I met at Carleton lived on my floor. Some of the friends that I made were in my classes, but I also met a lot of friends through getting involved with different clubs and societies on campus, and that’s also something I really recommend, especially in your first year. Just test out the waters, and anything that even remotely interests you. Because even it’s something that you’re not too into, you never know what kind of people you might meet there and you never know the kind of relationships you might form.”
-Ilse

Favorite place to hang out on campus?

“The library. All people go there, so I say hi and see all my friends there.”
-Ahmed

“The canal. I just like the scenery and it’s just beautiful, especially during the summer.”
-Brenda

For real though, how bad is the winter?

“Yeah, it’s really cold, but just wear layers and you get through it and it’s great. Put on a sweater or a jacket and you’re fine.”
-Paul

“Egypt was so hot. In Canada, the weather is good. I like winter.”
-Ahmed

“Thanks to the tunnels on campus, dealing with the winter has not been very tough for me. It is a blessing to be able to go from your room or the cafeteria to your classes not even wearing a jacket when it is actually -30 degrees outside.”
-Manuela

But what can you even do in the winter? 

“You have to try out skating. You might not be able to learn how to skate, but just try out skating. I’d say that’s a once in a lifetime opportunity you’re going to get and it’s free at the canal.
– Brenda

“I really like to cozy up in little coffee shops, for example on Bank Street or on Elgin Street. I like hang out there with some hot chocolate and just study.”
-Ilse

How do you build a support system?

“Get over the shyness and just talk to people. I hate talking to people, but if you just put that to the side for the first couple of weeks and you just talk to people you have a much easier time later on when all the stress comes around and all the projects and assignments and you have people that you can talk to and rely on.”
-Paul

“Luckily for me I got friends who got me involved in things. Whenever I needed anything they were always there for me.”
-Brenda

“When your family is so far away, your friends become the family that is there to support you. Whenever I face a challenge, I normally like to receive support from my closest friends. However, there are many places on campus that can help you in many things! For instance, contacting your Residence Fellow when you live on residence is a great way to talk about the challenges you are facing. There are also counselling services and lots of people available to listen and help you all the time. That’s what I love about Carleton. I feel that people always care about me and how I’m feeling.”
-Manuela

“I definitely turn to the sisters in my sorority. They’re always there for me, they’re a constant in my life. I know they have my back through thick and thin. I also turn to a lot of friends I made in my first year who learned the ropes with me. They were starting out university life at the same time as I was and we were all figuring things out together.”
-Ilse

Do you miss home?

“I tend to feel a bit nostalgic during holidays, or reading weeks, when I see that most of the students can go and visit their families but it would be too far away for me to visit mine. Moments such as moving in and moving out can also be hard, as we have to look for ways to do those things without the help of our parents or families. This is why, for international students, friends become family, and the main support during transitional and stressful moments.”
-Manuela

“One of the biggest challenges that I faced was feeling like I have family here or feeling like I’m at home here when I really don’t. Getting involved on campus really brings you so close to so many people. Being part of a Greek organization and being an executive of a club on campus helped me to form friendships with people who have become home and become family to me.”
-Ilse

Any advice?

“Try to find that balance between retaining your culture and your customs that you have at home and embracing the new ones that you have here, and just kind of letting them mix in a really comfortable way. It’s really great when you can find yourself in a very very Canadian setting, and then like, to be able to bring your own twist on it with the experiences you’ve had at home. I think it’s really important to not let yourself get too caught up in what you left behind, but also don’t get too caught up in all the new things you have here, because you have so much to offer because of your different world views as an international student, and I think that and I think that those things are really valuable”
-Ilse

Try new things! Go to the Carleton Expo and sign up for different clubs and societies. Get involved. Don’t let your university experience be just going from your room to your classes and back. That’s my main advice, apart from, of course, going to your classes and trying to put the best effort on your studies.
-Manuela

Do you have more questions about your first year at Carleton? Post them on our online platform, CUSA Hub, for a chance to win $250 and a CUSA prize pack! Visit cusaonline.ca/cusahub to learn more.

For more information about Carleton International Student Orientation, contact the International Student Services Office (ISSO).

Meet your councilor: Isabella Boushey

Have you met your CUSA councilor yet? Councilors represent you at monthly CUSA Council meetings and collaborate to improve your services, events and campaigns. Our new Meet Your Councilor series gives you the chance to get to know a little bit more about your student representatives. This week, get to know Science Councilor Isabella Boushey.

 
CUSA Councilor Isabella Boushey
 
Name: Isabella Boushey
Program: Environmental Science with a Minor in Chemistry
Year: 3rd
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
 
On campus
Where can you be found hanging out on campus? Usually spend most of my time in Herzberg, Athletics, and Roosters!
Campus event you look forward to the most: I really enjoyed the Science Formal this year that was organized by the Science Society so I look forward to attending that again this year!
Favorite on-campus eats: As mentioned above, about 90% of the time I go to Rooster’s for my food and morning coffee.
What’s your favourite thing about Carleton? There’s something for everybody here. Whatever your passions, hobbies, or interests are, there are other people, clubs and societies with similar interests and it makes it so easy for you to fit in.
 
About Isabella
Favorite Ottawa hangout: I really love going to The Loft to play some board games with friends and I spend a lot of time reading and studying at Black Squirrel Books!
Hobbies: Tennis is by far my favourite hobby and I’ve been playing competitively my whole life. Yoga is also a passion of mine and I try to take classes as often as I can.
Any pets? (names, breeds…) I had an aquarium once…… It didn’t last long……
A weird skill you have: I can move my belly button up and down. I could also sing Ave Maria almost exactly like Schubert (just don’t ask me to do it…)
Dream job? I think my ultimate goal is to become an Environmental Lawyer and work for UNEP.
What do you wish you could go back and tell your first year self? Explore all the possible programs here and actually figure out what you really love to study rather than listening to what people say you should do.
 
At Council
Issues and policies you’re focusing on this year: Trying to push to get some noticeable changes made to the Carleton campus as per the request of students.
What you want your constituents to know about you: I ran for this position because I really want my constituents to become more familiar with how CUSA works and I want them to feel comfortable coming to me and expressing how they feel about certain motions that are put forward. We represent YOU so come talk to us! We’re super nice, I swear!
What you want your constituents to know about CUSA: Regardless of any differing views and opinions on certain motions, policies and issues, at the end of the day, CUSA just wants to be able to create a university environment that is fair and welcoming to all students.
The best way to contact you: By Facebook or e-mail (isabellaboushey@cmail.carleton.ca).